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Maine Arts Commission Seeks Proposals for $50,000 art Competition at Falmouth Elementary School

Falmouth, -

Falmouth Elementary School

FALMOUTH – The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists living in Maine to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the Falmouth Elementary School, Percent for Art site. The project has an approximate budget of $50,000 and a deadline for submissions of June 1, 2010.

The committee in charge of selecting artwork for the school seeks proposals appropriate for Pre-K-5th grade students that will provide a continual educational experience as they progress through their development at the school. The piece(s) should also have relevance to staff, parents and the community at large.

The new Falmouth Elementary School will house approximately 900 students from Pre-K-5. It is a dynamic, modern design concept constructed of brick, glass and metal. There is a “green” roof above the entry vestibule with skylights. A sunshade trellis above allows light to filter through to the plantings. The facing wall is entirely glass looking into the main lobby.
Areas that are under consideration for this competition are the entry atrium and the green roof feature between an outdoor botanical classroom and large windows that look into the atrium. It would be possible to locate a work of art in this location that would be visible from both the exterior front of the building as well from inside the atrium.

Those with questions about the architectural elements of the site should contact Sarah Smith by e-mail, ssmith@oakpoint.com. The site may be visited by contacting Bonnie Taylor at btaylor@fps.k12.me.us to set up an appointment. All other questions can be directed to Alison Ferris at the Maine Arts Commission.

PROJECT BUDGET
There is approximately $50,000 in Percent for Art funds available for this project. These funds will be used to commission work(s) from a single artist or artist team. An artist budget proposal must cover all design, fabrication, transportation, documentation and installation expenses, including any building or site modifications associated with the artwork.

SELECTION PROCESS
A Percent for Art selection committee of five members will jury submissions for the project. The committee will review the materials to determine whom to invite for a second round of evaluation. Artists selected for the second round will receive a $1,000 design fee for refining their proposals. Final proposals will include detailed models, drawings, renderings, and samples of work and/or materials depending on the nature of the proposal.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE
All professional artists who work in North America may apply for consideration to this project. Artists who are employees of Falmouth Schools are ineligible for Percent for Art projects at the location where they are employed, as are members of the selection committee and their immediate families. The project is open to all artists age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical disabilities. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. Contact Alison Ferris at the Maine Arts Commission with questions at 207-287-2710 or alison.ferris@maine.gov.

DEADLINE
June 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm is the deadline for submission of preliminary materials. Materials received after this time may be excluded from consideration.

MATERIALS NEEDED IN INITIAL SUBMISSION
-A current concise resume (sent as an e-mail attachment or on a cd).

-A brief written proposal (sent as an e-mail attachment or on a cd) describing your work and what you plan to do to address the potential art area(s). Write approximately one page about what your concept and approach will be in addressing the public art space(s) of the site. Please do not submit detailed models, drawings, samples, or final proposals for this round of the selection process. A simple sketch may be included to clarify your idea if necessary, but it is not encouraged. E-mailed documents must be sent as attachments, not embedded in the e-mail.

-Five digital images of your recent work (sent as an e-mail attachment or on a cd) resolution of 96 dpi at a minimum of 5 x 7 inches. Jpg or pdf format no larger than 1.5MB per image. If an artist team or artist organization applies, they may only submit five images for all artists. The optional proposal sketch does not count as an image.

-A list of the submitted images (sent as an e-mail attachment or on a cd) identifying title, artist, medium, size, location, and other pertinent information about the image submissions.

All submissions should be in digital form. Document files should be in pdf or doc formats, image files in pdf or jpg formats. Name each image file with your last name first and name of the document, e.g.: ferris_alison_resume.doc. To have your images viewed in a certain order you can number them, e.g.: ferris_alison_1_Title of the work.jpg. Use underscores to separate words in file name, not punctuation. Please make sure submissions are labeled correctly, that you identify the Percent for Art call you are applying to, and that your name, address and other contact information is in every document.

Do not bundle the documents and images into one file attachment. Submit each document, e.g. the proposal, resume, images, as separate e-mail attachments or separate files on the cd clearly labeling them as described above. Do not include cover sheets with text or images. Improperly submitted or incomplete submissions may not be accepted.

HOW TO SUBMIT MATERIALS
E-mailed materials should be sent to percentforartintern@gmail.com and should have “Falmouth Percent for Art” in the subject line. Please attach all images and documents to the e-mail, embedded images or documents written in the body of the e-mail will not be accepted. Please send document files as Word docs or pdf’s and image files as jpg’s or pdf’s.

Mailed materials should be addressed to:
Percent for Art Competition: Falmouth Elementary School
C/o Alison Ferris,
Maine Arts Commission
193 State Street, 25 SHS
Augusta, ME 04333-0025

For More Information:

Contact Name: Darrell Bulmer

Telephone Number: 207/287-6746

Website: http://mainearts.maine.gov/pressdetail.aspx?Id=9019

Email: darrell.bulmer@maine.gov